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Old 02-27-2009, 03:43 PM   #1
chinchi11a
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[SOLVED] SSH font problem?


Hello there! I am brand new to linux so please forgive me if I make any horribly foolish assumptions, statements, etc. >.>;

Some details: I am using slackware 12 with KDE 3.5.10.

Anyways, I'm trying to use SSH to remotely run an application (from school computers) on my home computer. I read that the display should automagically be set up for me with SSH and X11, which is awesome. However, when I login to the remote computer and try to run the program (named sim354) this is what I get:

Code:
emperor01(1)% sim354 &
[1] 23637
emperor01(1)% Cannot open font *-courier-medium-r-normal--12-*-75-*

[1] Exit255 sim354
It looks to me like my XServer is missing a font that the application wants to use... but who knows.
I think the fonts should have been installed with slackware during installation as part of the X package, so I'm not sure why I wouldn't have said font, or where I could get it. I've been googling this for like an hour to no avail. :[

Anyways, if anyone has any idea how I may fix this, do let me know Thanks for reading~

Last edited by chinchi11a; 02-28-2009 at 01:28 AM.
 
Old 02-27-2009, 06:09 PM   #2
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Hello there! I am brand new to linux so please forgive me if I make any horribly foolish assumptions, statements, etc. >.>;

Some details: I am using slackware 12 with KDE 3.5.10.

Anyways, I'm trying to use SSH to remotely run an application (from school computers) on my home computer. I read that the display should automagically be set up for me with SSH and X11, which is awesome. However, when I login to the remote computer and try to run the program (named sim354) this is what I get:

Code:
emperor01(1)% sim354 &
[1] 23637
emperor01(1)% Cannot open font *-courier-medium-r-normal--12-*-75-*

[1] Exit255 sim354
It looks to me like my XServer is missing a font that the application wants to use... but who knows.
I think the fonts should have been installed with slackware during installation as part of the X package, so I'm not sure why I wouldn't have said font, or where I could get it. I've been googling this for like an hour to no avail. :[

Anyways, if anyone has any idea how I may fix this, do let me know Thanks for reading~
Well, the X windows application you're calling is trying to use the font. That particular one isn't installed, so you're getting complaints, but does the application run? I've seen this several times before, and the application will usually continue, even if it doesn't look *quite* right.

You can try to find/install that font, which will make the error go away. Take a look at the system where the application is installed, and the font may be there.
 
Old 02-27-2009, 07:36 PM   #3
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Well, the X windows application you're calling is trying to use the font. That particular one isn't installed, so you're getting complaints, but does the application run? I've seen this several times before, and the application will usually continue, even if it doesn't look *quite* right.

You can try to find/install that font, which will make the error go away. Take a look at the system where the application is installed, and the font may be there.
Ah, first of all thanks for the response! ^^

Yeah, unfortunately, the program exits right away. Looking for the font on the system sounds like a great idea... except it's a CS department computer so I'm not sure if I'll be free to browse to wherever the fonts are kept? (where are the fonts kept >.>)

I'd really like to just download it from somewhere online.. I just don't know where to go from the name of the font that it's spitting out at me. Is there some kind of font database? Do the asterisks mean any kind of ___-courier-medium etc will work? I'm super unfamiliar with this stuff on linux. :X Thanks again..
 
Old 02-27-2009, 09:56 PM   #4
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Ah, first of all thanks for the response! ^^

Yeah, unfortunately, the program exits right away. Looking for the font on the system sounds like a great idea... except it's a CS department computer so I'm not sure if I'll be free to browse to wherever the fonts are kept? (where are the fonts kept >.>)

I'd really like to just download it from somewhere online.. I just don't know where to go from the name of the font that it's spitting out at me. Is there some kind of font database? Do the asterisks mean any kind of ___-courier-medium etc will work? I'm super unfamiliar with this stuff on linux. :X Thanks again..
Not a problem, and welcome aboard.

Well, the fonts are stored in different places, depending on what kind of font. TrueType stuff is in a different place from the PCxx type fonts, and install differently. From what I remember, the font can be any (like adobe/IBM/etc.) brand font, but it has to be courier-medium-r-normal, so your options will be kinda limited. I know Adobe makes one, and so does IBM, if that helps, but I don't know where to get it off hand.

Fonts these days are fairly easy to install. If you're using KDE, you should be able to fire up the configuration tool, and choose "Font Installer". Pretty easy from there.
 
Old 02-28-2009, 12:34 AM   #5
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Not a problem, and welcome aboard.

Well, the fonts are stored in different places, depending on what kind of font. TrueType stuff is in a different place from the PCxx type fonts, and install differently. From what I remember, the font can be any (like adobe/IBM/etc.) brand font, but it has to be courier-medium-r-normal, so your options will be kinda limited. I know Adobe makes one, and so does IBM, if that helps, but I don't know where to get it off hand.

Fonts these days are fairly easy to install. If you're using KDE, you should be able to fire up the configuration tool, and choose "Font Installer". Pretty easy from there.
Hm, I'm having a devil of a time finding where to download this font from....

I've got the KDE font installer all ready, but I just can't for the life of me find where to go for this. I've seen plenty of mention of fonts such as "adobe-courier-medium-r-normal--12-120-75-75-m-70-koi8-1" or "adobe-courier-medium-r-normal--12-120-75-75-m-70-iso8859-1" etc... what are these, just the name of the font once it's installed? How do I go in reverse, from this name to the name of the file I'm looking to download? @_@

super confused >.>

EDIT: I found, by chance, some old archived guide to using a windows X server deal to run the MIPS simulator for this class, and they happened to mention a specific filename, courR12.pcf.gz... so I found that online, installed it manually (the installer didn't like it for some reason), and it was just what I needed!! Yay!

Anyways I still have no idea how I'd have come up with that filename normally and would still be interested to know, if anyone had a tip or something.

Either way thanks a tonnn for the help Now I can start my assignment. xD

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